Annnnnd they’re racing!!!!

That’s right, it’s Melbourne Cup time again. Time to find the biggest, craziest hat you can fit through your car door and a spare pair of thongs to stash in your handbag for when those heels just get too much.

Come into the library and enjoy The Race That Stops The Nation in air conditioned comfort. We will be screening the race from start to photo finish at 2 pm Queensland time. BYO hat and frock.

Fun Facts about the Melbourne Cup:

  • The Cup is always run on a Tuesday, the first Tuesday in November to be precise. It was first run on a Tuesday in 1875. That’s 142 years of short people on big horses going very fast!
  • Fashions on the field was first held in 1962. That’s 55 years of whacky hats and purdy dresses. See some of the best and worst fashion from 2016.
  • Only 5 horses have won the Cup more than once.
  • Barrier 18 is the only barrier to never have produced a winner.
  • Lucky Victorians get the day off as an official Public Holiday.
  • The youngest ever jockey to win the cup was only 12 years old! Anyone else feel a bit slack?
  • And of course last year for the first time ever, a female jockey won the Melbourne Cup. Women have only been allowed to compete in the Cup since 1987.

Enjoy the race! But make sure you’re ready. The race time for the Cup is usually only about 3 minutes!

 


The race that stops a nation (and your study!)

Hold your horses! It's Melbourne Cup.

Hold your horses! It’s Melbourne Cup.

Semester two is coming into the homestretch – exams are galloping towards us and it’s a race against time to get finals-ready.

But odds are, you’ll need a short study break to recharge, rejuvenate and refresh. And what better way then to watch the Melbourne Cup.

We got it straight from the horse’s mouth that you can watch the big race live on the library screens at 2pm this afternoon. So hold onto your hat, bet your bottom dollar, get on your high horse and join us in the library.

The annual Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest horse race and attracts over 100,000 punters to Flemington Racecourse. The greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.

So enjoy your study break and if you’ve put a sneaky bet on, good luck!


Giddy-up!

Your study week might have just begun but study breaks are important, which is why we’ll be airing The Race That Stops a Nation across the library TVs this afternoon at 2pm.

Horse RaceThe annual Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest horse race and attracts over 100,000 punters to Flemington race course.

At 2pm QLD time thoroughbreds from around the world will battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and the chance to cement their names in history.

So enjoy your study break and if you’ve put a sneaky bet on, good luck!